Hi, this is Geoff,
To all our friends in North America who celebrated Thanksgiving this week: I pray that your time with family and loved ones was filled with joy, health, and optimism for a beautiful future. Although Thanksgiving isn’t widely celebrated here in Australia, some Australian celebrities around the world decided to do so in their own way.
Time for the Friday Five, let’s jump right in…
From Carbon-Producing to Carbon-Fixing: I’m going to let the title of this article about a project in Kedia, India, do all the work here: “It Takes a Village: How Earthworms, Cattle Sheds and Cow Dung Could Revolutionize Indian Agriculture.” How can I possibly top that? 🙂 Colorful title aside, the project itself is a great example of what is possible moving towards an abundant future.
Alumni Spotlight: Leigh Brown took a course with me 20 years ago in 1996. When she returned to South Africa, she started working on permaculture projects in the toughest of situations and has never let up. I greatly admire her work, chief amongst them is the organization she founded, SEED, whose teachings have reached over 30,000 students. Keep up the great work, Leigh!
Man’s Best Friend, Indeed: All my life I have owned working dogs and could not imagine being on the farm without them. Their faithfulness is just beyond belief and have been part of so many of my adventures, which is why I loved this article from Modern Farmer. More here on the tremendous value of working dogs helping other animals. I train my main herding and guard dog on the smell of the fox from when they are young and I never lose poultry to foxes.
From our community: Two recommendations from members of our Friday Five community: 1) A recently published ebook about “creating incentives to reduce pollution by pricing carbon and other toxic emissions,” by Robert Tanguay, and 2) Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism, by Harvard Divinity School lecturer Dan McKanan (h/t Joshua Myrvaagnes).
In case you missed it: A few pieces of interest this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute, ably curated by PRI’s editor, Jason Freibergs (thank you, Jason!):
- Can A House Be A Sustainable Part Of The Landscape?
- Heating (And Cooling) Passively When It’S Too Late To Design Your Home For It
- The Mortgage As The Most Important Part Of Modern Housing
If you enjoy these posts, be sure to bookmark the site as several new articles go up weekly, or check out thousands of other past articles, here.
That’s it for the Friday Five. As always, if you have comment / reactions / a different point of view, please share below.
Cheers, and have a great week,
PS – Permaculture News has about 10,000 articles in its archive. Most people read the recent articles with great interest, but ignore this vast treasure chest of past articles. That is unfortunate because there are some absolute gems in the archive.
So here’s the question I’m hoping you could help me with: If I had a team of editors go through this vast archive and curate the “best of the best” of these articles into 200-300 page collections (such as the “Top 30 Articles on Permaculture News in the Past Decade,” “Top 15 Articles on Composting,” “20 Most Helpful Resources on Passive Solar Design,” etc.) would this be something you would consider purchasing as a Kindle-friendly /iBooks series of ebooks? This would take quite a bit of time and energy to do well, so I don’t want to do it at all unless I get a strong positive reply. If I sense that there is some interest in this, I can have a team of editors get started on it ASAP. Please let me know here in the comments section below whether this interests you, and if so, are there particular collections that you’d like to see us put together?